As lockdown measures are starting to be eased, the Council has been supporting businesses to reopen safely, ensuring Government guidance is being followed for the safety of all staff and visitors.
To support the borough’s growing abundance of eateries, emerging night-time economy and support businesses to welcome customers whilst adhering to social distancing guidance, the Council has announced that it will fund the first year’s fee for the pavement licence (which is currently £100 under the Government’s Business and Planning Act and is for a temporary until September 2021), enabling businesses to extend their premises into the outdoors and offer alfresco dining.
A pavement licence authorises a person who operates a business supplying food or drink (in or from premises) to place furniture on a public area for use by customers.
Prior to granting the pavement licence, the Council will ensure that the applicant has the landowner’s consent and that the premises associated with the pavement café are registered under food safety and health and safety requirements.
In addition, the Council will also seek reassurances around pedestrian safety (that the pavement café allows people to pass safely) including the disabled, blind and visually impaired. Quality materials are to be used to mark out the extended area and operating hours will be assessed on an individual basis, taking the location and neighbouring properties into consideration.
In addition to the financial support provided, the Council has also installed marquees outside of a number of businesses in Prescot to extend their premises into the outdoors, totalling an additional 1,550 sq ft of space. These include:-
- The Oven Pizzeria, Eccleston Street, Prescot – 6m x 3m
- Poco Coffee, Eccleston Street, Prescot – 9m x 3m
- Eden, Eccleston Street, Prescot – 3m x 3m
- Harringtons, Eccleston Street, Prescot – 9m x 3m
- Tommy Halls, Warrington Road, Prescot – 6m x 3m
- A communal al-fresco dining area provided on Leyland Street junction with Eccleston Street – 15m x 9m (managed by Lord Strange)
Similar arrangements can be put in place for hospitality businesses in Huyton and Kirkby for businesses wanting to extend their premises into the outdoors.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said:
“Throughout the pandemic, our business community has been hard-hit, and even now with social distancing requirements, the hospitality sector in particular will take a while to be completely up and running. We will do whatever we can to support our local economy to once again thrive and I hope our food and drink businesses can take advantage of the support we are offering.”
To enable businesses to continue to trade out post September 2021 when the Government’s temporary Pavement Licence scheme will come to an end, the Council is in the process of introducing a formal Pavement Café Policy which will facilitate trading out on a permanent basis. As part of this, planning permission will be required, however the Council has agreed to meet the planning application fee for any business successfully taking out a temporary Pavement Licence in response to the Government’s Business and Planning Act. To find out more, including how to apply, contact the Council’s Licensing Team on 0151 443 2300.